Music, My Diary

Music and cold weather

On Sunday I went to Brugherio to listen to the last concert of this year's Antiquamodecia season. Baroque music in church; nice I thought the acoustics were good too. Although a longer concert would have been nice because the music was just so beautiful and familiar, the church was very cold so the short programe… Continue reading Music and cold weather


Cold and Frosty mornings.

My body hates these cold and frosty mornings, it feels stiff and anything but supple! But my eyes don't. When I look out of the window and see the blackened branches against a lurid sky, I'm reminded of the Yugoslav naifs.My ex loved these paintings so much that I actually painted one for him! Mine… Continue reading Cold and Frosty mornings.


Music, music, music!

Oh what a great week music- wise! Friday evening to  La Scala to see Attila.It was spectacular, a real Scala-style production, pulling out all the stops!  They even had horses on stage and Attila sang seated fearlessly on the back of his charger. I enjoyed everything about it, direction, choir, singing. I've made a vow… Continue reading Music, music, music!

My Diary, Seasons

The joys of learning!

On Saturday I went to the garden centre to join a group making a Christmas  arrangement. I love doing these things, it's the one time I feel truly immersed in what I'm doing, in the moment, in the flow. It's an ideal situation, losing yourself among the pine needles and cones, deciding if gold is… Continue reading The joys of learning!

Teaching English

The joys of Teaching!

One of the many delights of teaching is when your students suddenly start formulating their own theories on learning, particulary if they are notions which you had been trying to get across to them perhaps even  months ago. This happened to me yesterday when one of my students who has always hated anything that approaches… Continue reading The joys of Teaching!

My Diary

Long time, no see

I haven't written anything for some time now. I've been busy at work and at play. It seems to me that I discover new things about teaching every week, students are getting more and more involved in their own learning, and for most of them, during, or after a hard day's work, it's no easy… Continue reading Long time, no see